HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

Region: Europe

Country: Germany

City: Leipzig

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HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

The story of both the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and Leipzig itself is one of reinvention. The city’s population collapsed after the Second World War, plummeting from 709,000 in 1940 to just 470,000 in 1995. During the same period, HHL was forced to close and reopen several times, eventually opening under its current name in 1992. 

But since then, they’ve both been revitalized. Leipzig is now the fastest-growing city in Germany, tagged as “the New Berlin” due to the influx of young people moving into the city. HHL has followed a similar trajectory, establishing itself as one of the top business schools in Germany and Europe.

HHL is now ranked as one of the top 50 business schools in Europe by the Financial Times and one of the top 100 globally by The Economist. And the spirit of the city has clearly rubbed off on the business school: Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft rate it as the #1 entrepreneurial university in Germany. The school describes this as the “HHL Spirit”, and it’s something that pervades every part of this historic institution.

HHL’s Full-Time MBA can be completed in 15 months, with the option to extend your studies by a further six months. Its standout features are the career development opportunities it offers (87% of graduates launch a career in Germany) and exceptional ROI (graduates see an average salary increase of 80%). The Part-Time MBA, meanwhile, lasts 24 months and includes a Global Immersion Seminar in Boston. It fosters the same HHL spirit that you’ll find throughout the school and the city.

In a city that has reinvented itself over time, you could be inspired to do just the same in Leipzig.

MBA Programs offered by HHL Leipig Graduate School of Management:

  • Full-time MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Part-time MBA

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the formats in which WHU MBA programs are delivered?

Students can choose a study format taught in English based on their personal situation and preference:

  • The 12-month Full-time MBA
  • The 24-month Part-time MBA Program takes place on two weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) per month.
  • The Global Online MBA enables students to study part-time in 24 / 36 months, or take individual certifications over 5 years.
  • The Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program is a modular format (usually Thursday – Tuesday) that requires only 57-63 days out of the office, to allow for forward planning and is easily integrated into your busy schedule.

Are WHU MBA programs highly ranked?

According to The Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2021, WHU MBA Program is nr 1 in Germany and nr 14 in Europe. This outstanding rating further demonstrates our alumni’s satisfaction with the effectiveness of WHU career services in terms of career counselling, personal development, networking events, internship search and recruitment, and distinguishes the WHU MBA Career Center as the #1 in Germany.

What are WHU graduates' perspective on their career perspectives?

  • On average, students more than doubled (106% increase) their pre-MBA income
  • Over 82% of our students secured top positions within three months of graduation
  • 89% changed either function, industry, or location

What companies do actively recruit WHU MBA graduates?

ABB, Accenture, AlixPartners, Amazon, Aurubis, BASF, Bayer, Benteler, Camelot Management Consultants, Capgemini Consulting, Deloitte Financial Advisory, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, Henkel, Huawei,Infosys, innogy Consulting, KPMG, Microsoft, mm1, Trivago, UBS, Vodafone

Organization of study programs at WHU during COVID 19

WHU ensures a stable learning experience. All WHU programs are looking forward to welcoming back students with measures in place to ensure the health and safety of its staff, students, and faculty and to ensure a seamless learning experience via digital teaching. At the same time, we are still planning ahead and are fully prepared to react flexibly to all circumstances related to the coronavirus situation. We are committed to assuring the highest quality education in the safest way possible.

What are WHU students earning?

Our students embark on an MBA to change and further their career, gaining essential experience to take their professional achievements to the next level. We accompany students on a journey of personal development, international experience, and networking to deliver them to their career aspirations. The dedicated MBA Career Center team provides tailored support along the way, helping 89% of the 2017 graduating class successfully change their job function, industry, or location, and supporting 82% of them in securing top positions within three months of graduation. For Marieke Otto, MBA Class of 2017, the program supported her transition into consultancy at AlixPartners. “The Career Center’s support was invaluable,” said Marieke. “The personal coaching sessions, company presentations, and interview trainings were particularly helpful.”

MBA graduates from WHU are assets to the business world and we’re proud to say the business world thinks so too. On average, the 2017 graduating class were financially rewarded in their new roles with salaries more than double their pre-MBA income; our 2017 graduates went on to an average post-MBA salary increase of an incredible 106%.


Although HHL Leipzig was originally founded in 1898, the start of wars and falling of walls meant it closed down and reopened several times before opening under its current name in 1992.


According to the Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2020, HHL Leipzig is one of the top 50 business schools in Europe.


HHL has more than 140 partner universities around the world. Students can choose to spend a semester at one of these institutions.


There are a total of 10 different scholarships available for HHL’s Full-Time MBA program, meaning students have plenty of options to finance their studies.


HHL MBA graduates enjoy an average salary increase of 80%.